Abigail Medina

California State Senate, District 23

Abigail will be one of just two openly LGBTQ Latinas in the California state legislature

Biography

Abigail Medina is the eldest daughter of working-class immigrant parents and a mother of five. In her youth, Abigail was a part of the foster care system and she understands the need to combat poverty. While being a mother, she worked in fields picking tomatoes in California to help support her family and she knows firsthand some of the concerns laborers have. As a mother, Abigail knows the many concerns parents have regarding quality education and access to higher education, vocational pathways and the surrounding environment affecting the health of their children. Her mission is to give a voice to underserved and underrepresented communities.

Prior to serving on the school board, Abigail worked with numerous community organizations including the Congregation Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), Health Advocates, and the California Association for the Gifted and the District African American Advisory Council. Abigail is a San Bernardino City Unified School board member. Since being elected to the SBCUSD in 2013, Abigail has taken the lead on the board’s budget and strategic planning. Under her leadership, high school graduation rates have exceeded state and county standards for the first time in over 40 years. Abigail has also spearheaded efforts to increase parent engagement, expand AVID programs into elementary schools, and align graduation requirements to meet CSU/UC A-G requirements.

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